The Brisbane Museum is alive with all the glamour of Hollywood. Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood feature in an exhibition currently showing at the museum.

Take a walk through the collection of beautiful costumes, props, sketches and Hollywood memorabilia and let your imagination transport you right into the magical time of cinema of the 1920s to the 1960s.

This extraordinary collection is privately owned by Brisbane local Nicholas Inglis. It has taken him almost 20 years and a driving love of cinema costume to collect the pieces of the exhibition.


His love of classic film prompted him to begin his collection in 1995, and because of his generosity, we can all share in the delights of these exquisite costumes. Co-curators Dr Nadia Buick and Christopher Salter have been preparing for this exhibition for three years. Dr Buick, a well-respected fashion curator, admitted to being like a kid in a candy shop upon seeing the collection.

The costumes of this era are particularly spectacular as they came from a more theatrical time in cinema, where a movie was an all-singing and all-dancing spectacular. With the chance to take a closer look at the craftsmanship that went into the dress design, you will be well and truly under the Hollywood spell.

One highlight from the collection is a dress worn by Grace Kelly in `The Swan’, designed by Helen Rose (who went on to design Kelly’s iconic wedding dress).Other outfits, worn by Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra will delight viewers. Meanwhile, I’ll be the one trying to sashay out the door in Nina Foch’s dress from `The Ten Commandments’, and Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra wig.

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Words by Alice Thompson | Images via Museum of Brisbane Facebook Page